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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, April 09, 2015

Using Word and InDesign Together: Avoiding Glitches

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I’m on a mission to save InDesign users from the nightmare we know as Word formatting.

I have a whole course on it: Using Word and InDesign Together. But those of you with only a few minutes to spare can watch this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets, where I share fixes for the most annoying Word formatting glitches.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Create a Realistic Paper Texture in Photoshop

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Last week you re-created the imagery of most famous, priceless stamps in history: the inverted or upside down Jenny.

In this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to match the natural paper texture of the stamp—a technique that’s critical to the authenticity of the design, but will also help you learn how to create and match subtle textures on your own.

By Starshine Roshell | Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Getting Creative with Brainstorming Buff Stefan Mumaw

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The creative director at a Kansas City ad agency, Stefan Mumaw has written several books on creativity and authored lots of short, inspiring courses for lynda.com on brainstorming and creativity.

He knows you think that creativity is a talent that can’t be learned. But he thinks you’re wrong.

Find out how you can generate better ideas—and why neither houseflies nor mailmen can thwart a lynda.com video shoot:

By Mary Jane Begin | Sunday, April 05, 2015

Meet Our Doyenne of Design: Mary Jane Begin

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A professor at the Rhode Island School of Design for over 20 years, Mary Jane Begin is an award-winning illustrator and author known especially for her children’s picture books. She also works with advertising for Hasbro and Disney.

Here, Mary Jane talks about her newest course, Elements of Composition for Illustrators, tells us the most surprising feedback she’s heard from a lynda.com member—and shares what she learned from an 80-year-old in sensible shoes.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 02, 2015

Put a Box Around or Behind a Paragraph With InDesign

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InDesign is a powerful document-formatting tool, but there are still some tasks that Microsoft Word performs better.

One of those tasks I hear the most complaints about is putting boxes around or behind paragraph, a feature Word calls paragraph borders. So in this episode of InDesign Secrets, I show you a hack for mimicking paragraph borders in InDesign. Unfortunately, there’s no single button, checkbox, or effect you can apply, but using rules and tables, you can approximate the effect.

Watch this week’s free movie to learn more.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Forge a Million-Dollar Stamp in Photoshop

Forge a million-dollar stamp in Photoshop

Recreate one of most famous, priceless stamps in history—in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. The first dedicated airmail stamp, printed in 1918, is already highly collectible. But one sheet is more valuable than the rest. Due to a printing error, the plane was printed upside down, resulting in the so-called “inverted Jenny” stamp. A single stamp from this sheet now approaches the $1-million mark at auction.

By Peni Acayo | Sunday, March 29, 2015

7 Brainstorming Tips: Generate Ideas that Solve Problems

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Stuck in a rut? Facing a creative problem and fresh out of ideas?

That can be frustrating—even defeating. But sometimes all you need is a fresh perspective from someone else to inspire new ideas.

Brainstorming, or bringing a group of people together to generate problem-solving ideas, is a great tactic. Rather than finding one single answer to a question, the goal is to produce as many ideas as possible.

Here are 7 brainstorming tips to get the most out of your next idea session.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Use a Preset Photoshop or Illustrator Art Path in InDesign

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Learn how to make your InDesign layouts even more dynamic by customizing the shape of your image frames.

You can edit frames with the Pen tool—but why not use a preset art path from InDesign’s sister programs, Illustrator and Photoshop?

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